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Living Planet: Capturing Carbon in Costa Rica

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Urarina village called Nueva Unión lies on the Chambira River, which runs through vast peatlands in Peru’s Pastaza-Marañón Foreland basin. Image by Dado Galdieri. Peru, undated.
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With journalists in Indonesia and Brazil, the stories in this project highlight how tropical forests...

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Green landscape in a national park.
Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Image by Boivin Nicolas/Shutterstock. Costa Rica.

Forests capture and store about one of every four tons of carbon dioxide we spew out, slowing global warming. And though trees are increasingly likely to suffer from warmer temperatures and drought, there's hope: Plants need carbon dioxide, and the ever-growing amount could help them. Reporter Dan Grossman, funded by the Pulitzer Center, followed researchers at an active volcano in Costa Rica.

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